Ozzy Osbourne – The Ultimate Sin Review

Posted: August 2, 2011 by kingcrimsonprog in Metal, Metal - Studio, Music Reviews

 Ozzy Osbourne - The Ultimate Sin

Ozzy Osbourne - The Ultimate Sin

Ozzy Osbourne’s fourth studio album The Ultimate Sin was released in 1987 and saw a move in a more commercial direction. Some people claim that this is a very poor album, but this is not really the case, it is a good album with a poor production style.

There is still a lot of top quality heavy metal music to be found on the album, but here and there, there are some over-slick moments, the production job is very eighties-radio and the crunch and power is taken out of the guitar tone.

The album still has some standout music, such as `Secret Loser,’ `Thank God For The Bomb,’ and `Never Know Why,’ all of which contain the signature Ozzy sound in some form or other. If you like Jake E Lee’s guitar style then you should definitely give it a try.

Legal difficulties between Ozzy and ex-members have spoiled the band’s legacy for a whole generation, making some albums hard to get a hold of, impossible to hear live or reissued with heavy edits and overdubs.

If you plan on buying The Ultimate Sin, you’ll most likely be picking up the 1995 cd version, with the tiny cover art in a frame of green. Luckily, the original full-page cover is printed on the second page of the booklet so you can just fold the page over and insert it in that way to have the proper cover.

Overall, Ozzy has made better album’s than The Ultimate Sin, but it is still worth a look for fans. It may be very dated and too commercial for some listeners but there is enough good material on there to warrant a buy.

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